Day 1 – Cork Airport – Cork City
Welcome on arrival at Cork Airport and depending of the arrival time, panoramic tour of Cork City viewing the most important monuments and sights.
Evening transfer to Hotel
Day 2 – Cork – Dingle
Morning Visit the English market which is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788, a meeting place, a thoroughfare, and a bustling social hub of the city. Today it offers a broad range of fish, fruit, meat and vegetables, as well as organic foods, a traditional French deli stall, an olive stall and a cheese and pasta stall. With its variety of products, the pride of place accorded to small traders, the personalised service, and the growing emphasis on organic products and reliance on small-scale producers make this market place unique. Lunch in Farmgate at the Market and enjoy the produce from the market.
Depart for Dingle in the afternoon travelling via Tralee and Annascaul. Overnight in Dingle/Region
Day 3 – Dingle Peninsula
Explore the magic of the Dingle Peninsula in west Kerry. The landscape here is quite dramatic with exceptional views of the Blasket Islands. Fridays a Walking tour of the Farmers market and visit the little cheese shop is a must. Lunch in a local Pub with locally caught fresh fish. After lunch enjoy the Slea Head drive and take in Galarus Oratory built between the seventh and eighth century and is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. Return to Dingle and stop into Dick Mac’s pub for a Glass of Guinness. Dick Mack’s opened in 1899 and three generations later, is a wholly atmospheric experience in the heart of Dingle.
Overnight in the Region.
Day 4 – Dingle to Kilarney
Morning visit of The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, whose approach is to what they make is essentially artisan and have rekindled the tradition of independent distilling in Ireland. They also create excellent Gin and Vodka made from locally grown botanicals giving it a truly uniquely Kerry sense of place. Travel to Inch and walk on the beach with a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Lunch in Sammy’s Beach Bar; enjoy their delicious seafood chowder while admiring the magnificent sea views. Leaving Dingle travel to Killarney a vibrant “little” town brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality.
Day 5 – Kilarney to Kenmare
Travel from Killarney to Kenmare taking in the most scenic part of the Ring of Kerry passing Ladies View with spectacular views of Killarney’s lakes and Molls Gap and on to the heritage town of Kenmare. Stop to visit the Fishery and see how the Salmon is smoked and enjoy tasting. Take a Cruise on Kenmare River and enjoy spectacular animal and bird life. Lunch in a local fish Restaurant. Return to Kenmare Town for free time to wander around the town and visit some of the beautiful craft shops with locally made goods. Overnight in Kenmare
Day 6 – Beara Peninsula
Depart for a day tour of Ring of Beara which lies to the south of Kenmare. Its rugged beauty is beyond compare, traffic is minimal and it abounds with archeological sites and spectacular views encompassing picturesque villages and towns, enchanting islands, unspoilt and unique scenery and historical antiquities. Travel to Kilmacalogue Pier and stop to visit O’Sullivan’s or Helen’s Bar as it is known locally, it is directly on the harbor near where mussels are farmed. Travel along the Peninsuala on to Catletownbere and visit Sarah Walkers Gallery an Irish contemporary artist Sarah Walker lives and works on Ireland’s southwest Beara Peninsula. Her acclaimed SW Gallery in Castletownbere features her own work. Overnight in Bantry. Dinner in Durrus at the Good Café and Cookery School (subject to availability & advance booking)
Day 7 – Bantry to Kinsale
Travel via the Sheep’s Head Way which is a most scenic area the colourful villages of Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus en route too is the Sheep’s Head lighthouse Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is one of the great ocean views of Ireland, crashing waves and scenery to take the breath away. Visit Kinsale the Gourmet Capital of Ireland a historical and fashionable coastal town. Its location ensures a plentiful supply of seafood for the town’s restaurants and eateries. Enjoy Lunch with local specialties. Free time to browse around local food and art shops. Visit Kinsale Wine Museum located in Desmond Castle. The International Museum of Wine Exhibition, an intriguing story that documents the unique history of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and the wider world. Continue to Cork for Dinner in one of Cork City’s many wonderful Restaurants. Overnight.
Day 8 – Farewell
Depending on the flight time before leaving for the airport enjoy free time in Europe’s Cultural Capital in 2005.
Transfer to the Airport for departure flight.